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Neverwhere Audiobook

Neverwhere

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Publisher's Summary

Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever.

Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations. And it is the home of Door, the girl whom Richard rescued, and whom, if he is ever to return home, he must now help in her mission to preserve this strange underworld kingdom from a mysterious figure determined to destroy it.

If Tim Burton rewrote Phantom of the Opera, if Jack Finney had a dark side, if you rolled up the best of Clive Barker, Peter Straub, and Caleb Carr into one, you still wouldn't have Neil Gaiman. In Neverwhere, he delivers one of the most absorbing reads to come along in years.

©1996, 1997 Neil Gaiman; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Gaiman's gift for mixing the absurd with the frightful gives this novel the feeling of a bedtime story with adult sophistication. Readers will find themselves as unable to escape this tale as the characters themselves." (Library Journal)
"[Gaiman] is, simply put, a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him in any media." (Stephen King)

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    Michael Jersey City, NJ, United States 12-08-08
    Michael Jersey City, NJ, United States 12-08-08

    Audiobooks are a big part of my life.

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    "Richard in Wonderland"

    I wouldn't call this great literature, but it is great entertainment. Neverwhere began as a British TV series -- the book is essentially a novelization -- and it does feel a little too episodic at times, with some characters not fully fleshed out (something the actors presumably did). Nevertheless, I was sucked into its world, much as the central character, Richard Mayhew, is hoovered into a fantastic underground (literally and figuratively) society. Credit that to Gaiman's gifts as both a writer and a narrator. He's that rare author who reads his own work quite well.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-01-09 Listener Since 2009

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    "Great book, great reading!"

    This was my first exposure to Gaiman, and I must say I can't remember the last book I enjoyed so much. The story is dark, highly imaginative, and thoroughly engrossing. The characters are well developed and really engaging. Furthermore, the best thing about this recording is Gaiman's own performance of his work. He has a real gift for bringing the story to life. In particular, his performances of Croup and Vandemar are excellent (and quite creepy)! A really topnotch rendition of a great book! I'm already on to my next Gaiman book.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 02-03-14
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 02-03-14 Member Since 2016

    I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.

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    "You must read this one."

    This book is to urban fantasy what Lord of the Rings is to epic fantasy in my opinion. I defy you to read this one and not note at least a dozen ways other urban fantasy authors have lifted from Gaiman. This is a great fantasy world and an excellent read. The amazing thing is the author reads this one himself and does a great job. Usually, the author reading his own work is the kiss of death but Gaiman pulls it off. This one is definitely worth spending a credit.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jenn Gardnerville, NV United States 09-23-13
    Jenn Gardnerville, NV United States 09-23-13 Member Since 2016
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    "A Satisfying Read"

    I often don't quite connect with Neil Gaiman's books. I really want to like them, but when it's all said and done, I don't exactly like them. I absolutely enjoyed Neverwhere, a purely entertaining look at London Below, where lives that slip through the cracks end up. I found Richard endearing if not proactive and was entirely enchanted by Neil Gaiman's reading. I often say that authors should not read their own work unless it is biographical. Neil Gaiman is the exception. His reading brings the characters to life in subtle ways. Neil Gaiman being a wonderful reader of his own work is no fluke, either; I felt the same way about his reading of Stardust.

    I listened to this while at work and it made me chuckle out loud at least 5 times in the first half hour. I kept having to tell curious coworkers what I was listening to. If Gaiman's dark charm can make me laugh during a stressful day, it must be good!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kate United States 04-06-13
    Kate United States 04-06-13 Member Since 2016

    I love audiobooks. Reading has always been a struggle for me because of my poor eyesight. Audible changed my world and made my commutes a joy.

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    "Neil Gaiman is best consumed as an audiobook"

    This book is fun, quirky, dark, fantastic and original. Mr. Gaiman is one of the best writers alive. His writing is so vivid and he makes it seem so easy. More importantly, he gets to narrate his own work and is able to precisely deliver how he wanted the book to be read. Neil Gaiman is not just a writer, he is a multimedia experience and the best way to immerse oneself in Neverwhere is to experience the audiobook version.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Natalia P. Valdes 02-12-10 Member Since 2015

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    "A girl called Door"

    I loved this story. I had just finished The graveyard book and decided to listen to another Neil Gaiman book. This was a perfect choice. The story is much more mature than the graveyard book, yet it maintains the 'fantasical' feel. The characters are interesting and so well detailed you would be able to identify them in a line up. Gaiman is so talented that his fantasy world feels timeless and makes you want to visit London below. Although i would bring a packed lunch.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jacquie A Cleveland Rusagonis, NB, CA 11-11-08
    Jacquie A Cleveland Rusagonis, NB, CA 11-11-08 Member Since 2011
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    "Neverwhere (Unabridged)"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The mixture of fantasy with names and facts about London is enjoyable. The story keeps twisting and turning and keeping you guessing. The cynicism and humour gives it an added zip.
    There is lots of contrast in characters and wonderful detail on some very extraordinary siutations.
    This is a book that grabs you quickly and keeps your attention until the end.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Albert 04-23-08
    Albert 04-23-08
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    "A must for Fantasy fans"

    Definitely one of the best fantasy stories I've read. Gaiman portrays his characters to a tee and fully immerses the reader into the story. A wonderful naration for a wonderful book. This is one of those books where I'm so thankful for Audible. If you are a fan of fantasy, do not miss this one.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Randy 03-25-08
    Randy 03-25-08
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    "What a Trip!"

    I really enjoyed this book. As a matter of fact, the minute I finished, I started it over and listened to it again, just in case I missed anything the first time through. I got totally caught up in the fantasy world that was very credible. I think it is the hallmark of excellent fantasy to pull the reader into a willing suspension of disbelief, and Neverwhere certainly did that for me. This story was a vacation into another culture and land without ever leaving my own chair. Thanks for the trip!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Chance 04-05-13
    Chance 04-05-13
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    "Dig in and be spellbound"

    One of the best Neil Gaiman pieces out there , it is the usual mix of the bizarre , the scary , the heartwrenching and the humor that will make this into a go to book for you forever. Both the audiobook and the movie adaptation are wonderful . Go ahead , buy this book !

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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